Change and Conflict in Your Congregation (Even If You Hate Both)

by Anita L. Bradshaw. Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015.


This book frames conflict as a tool to move congregations forward if used positively. In this resource, conflict can spark changes that will allow your congregation to tell a new story about its identity, purpose, and future.


identify imbalances, narrative theology, scriptural context, how to create a positive culture

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • View conflict through a positive mindset in order to create change and inspire a conversation about identity, purpose, and the future.
  • Form and share the congregation's new identity by discussing narrative theology in order to understand how to shape a story.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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